Your initial visit will begin with a physical examination and personal interview, which may be followed by diagnostic tests such as blood tests, and/or X-rays. Over the course of your care, your physician will provide you with a:
- Diagnosis of your injury or disorder
- Treatment plan including medication, exercise, surgery or other healing modalities
- Rehabilitation including physical therapy and/or occupational therapy to restore movement, strength and function
- Prevention information to avoid injury or slow the progression of diseases so that you life is active and fully functional
Our orthopaedic specialists treat many musculoskeletal conditions without surgery by using medication, exercise and other rehabilitative or alternative therapies. However, surgery may be recommended if the patient does not respond to these treatment options.
If you do need surgery, it will be scheduled according to the severity of your condition and the availability of your physician. A member of our staff will work with you to complete any necessary paperwork and to schedule the procedure at a mutually convenient time.
Lourdes offers state-of-the-art surgical techniques and procedures, including:
- Arthroscopy – a procedure using special cameras and equipment to visualize, diagnose and treat problems inside a joint.
- Fusion – a "welding" process by which bones are fused together with bone grafts and internal devices (such as metal rods) to heal into a single solid bone.
- Internal Fixation – a method to hold the broken pieces of bone in proper position with metal plates, pins or screws while the bone is healing.
- Joint Replacement (partial, total and revision) – when an arthritic or damaged joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint called a prosthesis.
- Osteotomy – the correction of bone deformity by cutting and repositioning the bone.
- Soft Tissue Repair – the mending of soft tissue, such as torn tendons or ligaments.